Court okays 20-year jail on ex-Egyptian president

October 22, 2016

An Egyptian court confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against former president Mohamed Mursi on Saturday, judicial sources told Reuters. The sentence was for a conviction arising from the killings of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. […]

Cameroon train derails: 55 dead, 575 injured

October 22, 2016

A passenger train derailed in Cameroon, killing at least 55 and injuring 575, the government said in a communique read on state television. The Camrail inter-city train was traveling from the capital, Yaounde, to the […]

Clinton, Trump clash throughout bitter, final debate

October 20, 2016

United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and rival Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton clashed throughout their final but bitter debate televised live early Thursday. The candidates clashed on almost every issue ranging from refugee […]

Obama rebukes Trump for rigged election claims

October 19, 2016

United States President Barack Obama rebuked Donald Trump on Tuesday for claiming that the November presidential election is rigged against him, saying the Republican contender ought to “stop whining” and make his case to voters […]

Niger jihadist prison attack ‘contained’

October 17, 2016

AN attack by Islamist militants on a high-security prison in Niger holding about 100 jihadists has been foiled, government spokesman Marou Amadou said. Fighting at Koutoukale, 50km (31 miles) north-west of the capital, Niamey, was […]

Deadly bridge collapses in Indonesia

October 16, 2016

A bridge connecting two small islands near the Indonesian resort island of Bali has collapsed, killing at least nine people, officials say. People were passing over the suspension bridge for a religious ceremony when the […]

Jacob Zuma corruption report blocked in South Africa

October 15, 2016

A corruption investigation expected to contain damning allegations against South African President Jacob Zuma will not be published on Friday, as planned. Thuli Mandonsela, who has vigorously pursued Mr Zuma in her seven years as […]

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature

October 13, 2016

UNITED States singer Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award. The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize “for having created new poetic […]

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej dead at 88

October 13, 2016

THAILAND’S King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state. The 88-year-old king was widely revered but had been in poor health in recent years, making few public […]

Saraki lauds release of 21 Chibok girls

October 13, 2016

President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for Thursday release of 21 Chibok girls from Boko Haram captivity. In a statement signed by Yusuf Olaniyonu, his Media Adviser, Saraki also […]

Burundi’s parliament votes to leave ICC

October 13, 2016

BURUNDI’S parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday in favour of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, amid a deepening row over political violence in the East African country. According to Reuters, only two lawmakers voted in […]

Putin cancels France trip amid rift over Syria

October 12, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled his trip to Paris scheduled for next week after French President Francois Hollande said he would see him only for talks on achieving peace in Syria’s increasingly bloody five-year […]

Turkish ruling party official shot dead

October 12, 2016

A local official from Turkey’s ruling party has been shot and killed in the country’s southeastern region, where Kurdish fighters affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operate. The PKK said on Tuesday it […]

Syria war: France wants Aleppo war crimes probe

October 11, 2016

France has announced it will ask the international criminal court to investigate possible war crimes committed in Syria’s Aleppo. Russian-backed Syria forces have made significant advances in its renewed two-week-old offensive in Aleppo, seizing territory […]

UN envoy warns Syrian city faces total destruction

October 6, 2016

The United Nation’s Syria envoy, on Thursday, made an impassioned appeal to save eastern Aleppo, warning the city faced total destruction and urging hardline fighters to leave the rebel-held east so civilians can get aid. […]

Refugees stranded in Somalia after Kenya eviction

October 5, 2016

The camp sprawls across a grey sand dune overlooking the Indian Ocean. A multitude of small shacks lashed together quickly by hand using whatever could be found: crumpled sheet-metal, acacia branches and cardboard. Children play […]

PM to begin Brexit negotiation by end of March

October 3, 2016

The United Kingdom will formally begin the formal Brexit negotiation process by the end of March 2017, Theresa May has said. The PM’s announcement on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, according to BBC […]

Takeaways from first 2016 presidential debate

September 27, 2016

Trump takes the bait Trump is the self-proclaimed counterpuncher, but it was Clinton whose restraint was on display: She waited for Trump to create an opening before she pounced. She let moderator Lester Holt grill […]

Saudi Arabia announces austerity measures

September 26, 2016

•Slashes ministers’ salaries, cuts public sector bonuses Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ordered on Monday cut in salaries of ministers by 20 per cent and of Shoura Council members by 15 per […]

Ugandan police block gay pride parade

September 26, 2016

Ugandan police have blocked gay pride celebrations from happening in two resorts outside the capital, Kampala. Gay rights activist Frank Mugisha said more than 100 LGBTI people tried to participate in the celebrations in Entebbe […]

China’s great space telescope begins operations

September 26, 2016

The world’s largest radio telescope has began operating in southwestern China, a project which Beijing aid will help humanity search for alien life. The mega telescope began working around noon, the official Xinhua news agency […]

Jordan: Gunman kills writer ahead of cartoon trial

September 26, 2016

A gunman has shot dead prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam. According to Al Jazeera, Hattar was struck by three bullets before […]

Pope leads interfaith peace meeting in Italy

September 20, 2016

Pope Francis met Tuesday with religious leaders from around the world in the Italian town of Assisi, where he condemned increasingly prevalent religious violence in the world. VOA reported that Francis told the leaders from […]

South African police clash with students over fees

September 20, 2016

South African police have fired stun grenades and arrested 31 students in Johannesburg, as a wave of protests hit universities across the country. Students are demanding free education and denounced government plans to raise tuition […]

South Africa bans US pastor over anti-gay views

September 19, 2016

United States pastor, Steven Anderson, has been banned from visiting South Africa over his anti-gays views, which the country’s home affairs minister on Tuesday equated with hate speech. Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church […]

EU: Merkel says bloc in critical situation

September 16, 2016

The European Union is in a “critical situation”, the German chancellor has said, as leaders meet in Slovakia to discuss ways to regain trust after the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the bloc. Angela said […]

Activist tortured in Zimbabwe

September 15, 2016

A man who has been at the forefront of protests against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is in hospital after allegedly being beaten and tortured. Silvanos Mudzova, a member of the pressure group Tajamuka, said he […]

Fuel ‘too dirty’ for Europe sold to Africa

September 15, 2016

Swiss firms have been criticised in a report for their links to the African trade in diesel with toxin levels that are illegal in Europe. Campaign group Public Eye said retailers are exploiting weak regulatory […]

MPs attack Cameron over Libya ‘collapse’

September 15, 2016

A United Kingdom parliamentary report has severely criticised the intervention by Britain and France that led to the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The foreign affairs committee accused the then PM David […]

On Eid al-Adha, Syria’s children laugh again

September 14, 2016

The sounds of war, for now at least, have given way to the infectious laughter of children. The celebration of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, which began on Monday, has provided a long-overdue respite […]

Former UK PM, David Cameron, quits parliament

September 12, 2016

From world leader to the wilderness in just under three months. David Cameron, the former British Prime Minister has announced he will stand down as a member of parliament for his constituency of Witney immediately, […]

Thousands march against same-sex marriage in Mexico

September 11, 2016

Thousands of people marched in Mexico Saturday against the president’s proposal to legalise same-sex marriage. The National Front for the Family, a coalition of various religious groups and other organisations, called on Mexicans to gather […]

Zimbabwe to cut 25,000 civil service jobs

September 9, 2016

ZIMBABWE’S government is axing 25,000 civil service jobs in an effort to rein in government spending. It is also cancelling annual bonus payments as part of a series of measures aimed at saving $118m (£89m) […]

South Sudan accepts 4,000 more UN peacekeepers

September 5, 2016

  South Sudan has agreed to allow 4,000 additional United Nations peacekeepers to enter the country, after first rejecting the regional protection force as a breach of national sovereignty. The announcement late on Sunday came […]

Angela Merkel defeated in home state election

September 4, 2016

Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU party has been beaten into third place by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party in elections in a north-eastern German state, TV exit polls have suggested. The Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party […]

US, Russia fail to reach Syria ceasefire deal

September 4, 2016

The United States and Russia came up short on Sunday in attempts to finalise a ceasefire deal in Syria, as US President Barack Obama said “grave differences” remained and fighting on the ground continued. Russia […]

Robert Mugabe lambasts Zimbabwe judges over protests

September 4, 2016

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has criticised judges who give permission for anti-government protests which later turn violent. He said the judges showed a reckless disregard for peace, and warned that they should not dare to […]

US, Russia close to Syria ceasefire deal

September 4, 2016

UNITED States President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the United States and Russia were working to finalise a ceasefire in Syria that would allow more deliveries of humanitarian aid to the war-torn country. Obama […]

Pope declares Mother Teresa Saint

September 4, 2016

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the “saint of the gutters” during her life has been declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis. The declaration took place on Sunday, 19 years […]

Suicide attack targets Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan

August 31, 2016

A suspected suicide car bomber rammed the gates of the Chinese embassy in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, according to authorities. “As a result of the explosion, only the suicide bomber terrorist died,” Kyrgyzstan’s Deputy […]

Syria war: US warns over Turkish-Kurdish violence

August 29, 2016

  The United States has said that fighting between Turkey, pro-Turkish rebels and Kurdish-aligned forces in northern Syria is “unacceptable” and must stop. Clashes in places where so-called Islamic State (IS) was not present were […]

Somalia hunts for fake-cash bank teller

August 25, 2016

A bank teller at Somalia’s central bank is on the run after allegedly stealing $530,000 (£402,000), the bank’s governor Bashir Issa Ali has said. Senior cashier Muhidin Mohamed Hassan was behind the scam to exchange […]

Turkey sends tanks into Syria to battle ISIS

August 24, 2016

Turkish tanks entered northern Syria on Wednesday to clear ISIS from a Syrian border town, Turkish state media reported –a move that follows recent attacks in southern Turkey that the republic blames on terror groups. Turkey’s […]

Canada allows female mounted police to wear hijab

August 24, 2016

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is to allow its female Muslim officers to wear hijabs, updating iconic uniform “to better reflect the diversity” in Canada’s communities. “The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently […]

120 dead in Central Italy earthquake

August 24, 2016

At least 73 people have been killed in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, authorities say. The magnitude 6.2 quake struck at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome, […]

Donald Trump: I’m not flip-flopping on immigration

August 22, 2016

It’s still undecided whether Donald Trump will continue to support forced deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US, his campaign manager said Sunday. But Trump himself insisted Monday, “I’m not flip-flopping.” “I’m […]

Former Singapore president dead at 92

August 22, 2016

Former Singaporean President S R Nathan died Monday at the age of 92, according to a statement from the country’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong. Nathan suffered a stroke three weeks ago, according to Loong, […]

US election 2016: Trump overhauls campaign team again

August 17, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has overhauled his campaign team for the second time in two months, with two new leaders. Pollster Kellyanne Conway becomes campaign manager and Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News the CEO. […]

Zimbabwe police break up anti-Mugabe protest

August 17, 2016

Zimbabwe police have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse several hundred protesters calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down, a week after the longtime ruler warned that protests “don’t pay”. Some 200 […]

Leaked document prompts German-Turkish diplomatic spat

August 17, 2016

Turkey has called on Germany for clarification, after a confidential government document leaked to the German press referred to the country as a “central platform for action for Islamist groupings”. Al Jazeera revealed that Turkey’s […]

Zambia: President Edgar Lungu elected in disputed vote

August 15, 2016

Zambia’s incumbent President Edgar Lungu has defeated his main rival Hakainde Hichilema, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has said, in a closely fought presidential election marred by allegations of fraud. Lungu, leader of the […]

London opens first naked sun terrace

August 14, 2016

The United Kingdom’s first nudist terrace will open in London this week in a bid to encourage visitors to take off their clothes as they take in the sights. The 60ft high terrace, in Parliament […]

Swiss train attacker, one victim dead

August 14, 2016

A 34-year-old woman who was injured in an attack by a knifeman on a Swiss train has died in hospital, police said on Sunday. The attacker, a 27-year-old Swiss man, also died on Sunday, they […]

Zambia votes with high turnout in test for ruling party

August 11, 2016

Zambians have started voting in presidential and parliamentary elections after a campaign marred by violence between rival groups. The European Observer Mission which fielded at least 120 monitors commended Zambians on the large and peaceful […]

50 killed in Ethiopia protests

August 8, 2016 Victor Ogunyinka

ABOUT 50 people were shot dead by security forces in Ethiopia at the weekend in protests linked to an aborted government attempt to commandeer local land, opposition and diplomatic sources said. Police fired tear gas […]

Tunisian president nominates new PM

August 3, 2016 Victor Ogunyinka

TUNISIA’S President Beji Caid Essebsi has named Youssef Chahed as prime minister after parliament ousted Habib Essid in a vote of no-confidence because of his handling of economic reforms and security. Chahed, 41, a former […]

Post-convention poll: Clinton retakes lead over Trump

August 2, 2016

Hillary Clinton emerges from her party’s convention in Philadelphia with a restored lead over Donald Trump, having earned a 7-point convention bounce, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll. In a two-way head-to-head matchup, Clinton tops […]

Syrian town attacked with chlorine gas

August 2, 2016

Barrels suspected to contain chlorine gas have been dropped on a town in Syria, a doctor and rescuers have said. It is not clear who was responsible. The attack took place in Saraqeb in Idlib […]

US launches air strikes on IS in Libya

August 1, 2016

The United States has carried out air strikes on positions of so-called Islamic State in Libya, following a request by the United Nations-backed government there, the Pentagon says. The strikes targeted positions in the port […]

AU peacekeepers accused of executions in CAR

August 1, 2016

Kounamon Maurice was finally able to bury his younger brother Kolofio Robert in February, more than a year after he disappeared. His family says Robert, along with 11 others, was executed by soldiers from Congo […]

Iraq bomb blast kills 11

July 25, 2016

Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomber attacked a checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people. Authorities say 35 people were wounded in the blast Monday in town of Khalis. Reuters reports most […]

Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8bn

July 25, 2016

Yahoo has agreed to sell its core assets to telecom giant Verizon for $4.8bn, ending a 20-year run by the internet pioneer as an independent company. Verizon chief executive Lowell McAdam announced on Monday that […]

Mugabe: Evan Mawarire sponsored by foreign countries

July 19, 2016

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has accused a pastor who organised a nationwide strike against the government of being sponsored by foreign countries allegedly trying to destabilise his administration. It was the first time President Robert […]

No talks with Russia about leaving power —Assad

July 14, 2016

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Russia has never talked to him about leaving power. “They never said a single word regarding this,” Mr Assad told NBC News, referring to conversations with President Vladimir Putin […]

Freed Zimbabwean protest leader calls for more strike

July 14, 2016

A Zimbabwean protest leader spearheading a campaign against President Robert Mugabe’s government renewed his calls for nationwide strikes, a day after being briefly detained by police. According to Al Jazeera, Evan Mawarire called for protests […]

Amnesty: Hundreds abducted, tortured in Egypt

July 13, 2016

Hundreds of Egyptians have been abducted and tortured by the country’s security services as part of a clampdown on dissent since early 2015, according to Amnesty International. A report released on Wednesday by the United […]

Eagle tries to carry off Australian boy

July 12, 2016

A wedge-tailed eagle tried to fly away with a terrified boy at a popular wildlife show in central Australia. A crowd of stunned onlookers watched the enormous bird latch its talons on to the screaming […]

US police: Dallas suspect plotted larger attack

July 11, 2016

The US military veteran accused of killing five Dallas police officers last week was plotting a larger attack, authorities have said, as protests against deadly police shootings of black men continued. More than 100 people protesting against the deaths […]

272 dead in South Sudan as gunfire erupts again

July 10, 2016

Fierce fighting has killed an estimated 272 people in recent days in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, as an increasingly tense security situation threatened to send the young country back to all-out civil war. Al Jazeera […]

Zambia suspends election campaigning over violence

July 10, 2016

Political campaigning in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, has been suspended for 10 days because of violent clashes ahead of next month’s national elections, the electoral commission said. The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) announced on Sunday […]

Germany rape law: No means No law passed

July 7, 2016

Germany’s parliament has passed a new law defining rape, clarifying that “No means No”, even if a victim did not fight back. Critics believe Germany has long lagged behind other developed nations when it comes […]

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